7 December 2012 8:03 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Reviews are slowly pouring in for the first part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy – you can read our take here – and it’s regrettable that they’re not what we had hoped for; critics have in unison praise its technical sophistication as well as Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis’ impressive performances, but have noted the film’s numerous gripes that mean it’s not a touch on Jackson’s more assured Lord of the Rings films.

That said, Jackson presses on with production on parts two and three, and though it’s too late for Jackson to really adjust much of his trajectory, we hope that in the edit room he can at least listen to fans and ensure that the next entry into the series, The Desolation of Smaug, is a far tighter affair that trims the fat and focuses on those aspects in Part 1 that worked the best. »

- Shaun Munro

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